Investigative journalist and author, Mark Ebner was the guest today on Media Mayhem to chat about what of our favorite topics here on Dipped in Cream: the pure nuttines (understatment much?) of Scientology. In all seriousness though, there is only one word which accurately describes the Church of Scientology “cult”–and that word is SINISTER. Say it with me, children. It’s our Word of The Day.
I hope you will take the time to watch this riveting hour of ball-busting truth. Here is a bit of info about Mark Ebner if you’re not yet familiar with his work.
Mark Ebner is an investigative journalist who has covered celebrity and crime culture for such publications as Rolling Stone, Maxim, Details and Spy. Mark has investigated such controversial subjects as Scientology, dog fighting and the Ku Klux Klan.
A published author, Mark co-wrote the New York Times bestseller “Hollywood, Interrupted” with Andrew Breitbart and Six Degrees of Paris Hilton. Most recently he co-authored “We Have Your Husband,” a story about a kidnapping in Mexico.
In addition to writing, he has served as a commentator on NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, NPR, Court TV and E! Entertainment Television to name a few. Mark was a consultant on the Emmy nominated episode of South Park’s “Trapped in the Closet” and also consulted for NBC/Dateline on the Paris Hilton Tapes report. Ebner runs a blog at hollywoodinterrupted.com where he reports on breaking news from Hollywood.
Okay? Raise your hand if you’re completely wigged out. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject — just how scary do YOU think the Co$ can be? Or, do you think it is just a harmless group of folks gathering together to spread the $ love $? (Shudder.)
Shocking, I know! I enjoyed this year’s show so much more than last year’s, even though I had to hit mute a couple of times. Apparently some of those cute little gramophone trophies were given out over the course of the three and a half hour show, but there were some good performances too. One of them wasn’t from Taylor Swift, who had the honor of opening the show. The tired “Alice In Wonderland” circus themed didn’t make “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” any more of a good song.
Miguel brought some much needed R&B sexiness to the show with “Adorn” and he earned a fan in Kelly Clarkson who gave him a shout out when she won for “Best Pop Vocal Album.” It was too short though, and a bit awkward when he had to introduce the nominees for “Best Country Solo Performance.”
Of course everyone, except perhaps me, was waiting for the big return of Justin Timberlake. I’m not totally against this comeback, it’s just that after 7 years, he could be doing something better than “Suit & Tie.” Jay-Z joined him on stage in this sepia toned performance that I expected to switch to color when they landed on the Wicked Witch of The East. He also sang “Lover Pusher Girl,” another new song from his upcoming album.
Alicia, it’s time to extinguish “Girl On Fire.” No matter how many times you perform this and remix it, it’s still going to annoy us and I like you ok! Mrs. Keys-Beatz joined Maroon 5 for a collaboration that could have been better, but Adam Levine and Alicia sounded good together. It’s safe to say that Jay-Z was the winner of the night. When he hopped on stage to accept the award for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” a one Mr. Terius Nash, aka The-Dream, tried to do a bit too much with his speech and his outfit. Jay thanked the “swap meet” his hat came from.
There was also some rock from winners The Black Keys, who brought down the house with Dr. John and The Preservation Jazz Hall Band on “Lonely Boy.” Apparently that was Dr. John in the crazy looking headdress. I thought that furrie from ‘The Shining’ had gotten loose. The Lumineers shouted at everyone again, then Jack White took to the stage with both of his bands for “Love Interruption” and “Freedom at 21.”
I think White gained a lot of new fans with vaginas after this.
The big Bob Marley tribute could have been way bigger. His sons Damien and Ziggy joined Bruno Mars, Sting and Rihanna on only two of his songs, most of it felt like a Bruno gig, which wasn’t a bad thing. I couldn’t help but think how awesome Lauryn Hill could have been during this, hell even Wyclef Jean could have played guitar or something. As always Mars’ band got down and to echo something that was said on Twitter, if you don’t like Bruno Mars then something is wrong with your life.
Gotye and Kimbra won the coveted “Record of The Year” which was presented to them by the always amazing Prince, who strutted out on stage with a blinged out cane. Before announcing them as the winners he exclaimed “Oh, I like this song!” There’s no bigger award than having The Purple One say that he likes your music!
Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Kenny Garrett played a lovely tribute to Dave Brubeck with “Take Five.” Then another amazing group tribute to Levon Helm featuring Elton John, Zac Brown, Mumford & Sons, T Bone Burnett, Brittany Howard and the great Mavis Staples. “The Weight” by The Band has never felt more poignant, and it’ll be stuck in my head all day.
Frank Ocean made quite the splash at the show, picking up a couple of awards including “Urban Contemporary Album,” and presenting a visually stunning performance of “Forrest Gump.” I’m sure Chris Brown decided to be salty and not stand up or clap for him again.
I’m a little surprised at how quickly the show went by. LL Cool J was an ok enough host, but it was so funny to watch him try to make those damn hashtags happen. He closed out the show with Chuck D, Tom Morrello and Travis Barker, throwing in a little Beastie Boys. It was an awkward and abrupt end to show, but it was nice to see LL back in his, original, element.
Here’s the full list of Grammy winners:
Record of the Year: “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra
Album of the Year:Babel, Mumford & Sons
Song of the Year: “We Are Young,” fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
Best New Artist: fun.
Best Pop Solo Performance: “Set Fire to the Rain,” Adele
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra
Best Pop Instrumental Album:Impressions, Chris Botti
Best Pop Vocal Album:Stronger, Kelly Clarkson
Best Dance Recording:Bangarang, Skrillex featuring Sirah
Best Dance/Electronica Album:Bangarang, Skrillex
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:Kisses on the Bottom, Paul McCartney
Best Rock Performance:Lonely Boy, The Black Keys
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance: “Love Bites (So Do I),” Halestrom
Best Rock Song: “Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys
Best Rock Album:El Camino, The Black Keys
Best Alternative Music Album: Making Mirrors, Gotye
Best R&B Performance: “Climax,” Usher
Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Love on Top,” Beyoncé
Best R&B Song: “Adorn,” Miguel
Best Urban Contemporary Album:Channel Orange, Frank Ocean
Best R&B Album: Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment
Best Rap Performance: “N****s in Paris,” Jay-Z and Kayne West
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: “No Church In The Wild,” Jay-Z and Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean and The Dream
Best Rap Song: “N****s in Paris,” Jay-Z and Kayne West
Best Rap Album:Take Care, Drake
Best Country Solo Performance: “Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood
Best Country Duo/Group Performance:Pontoon, Little Big Town
Best Country Song: “Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood
Best Country Album: Uncaged, Zac Brown Band
Best New Age Album:Echoes of Love, Omar Akram
Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Hot House,” Gary Burton and Chick Corea
Best Jazz Vocal Album:Radio Music Society, Esperanza Spalding
Best Jazz Instrumental Album:Unity Band, Pat Metheny Unity Band
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album:Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You), Arturo Sandoval
Best Latin Jazz Album: ¡Ritmo!, The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band
Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance: “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord),” Matt Redman
Best Gospel Song: “Go Get It,” Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell
Best Contemporary Christian Music Song: “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord),” Jonas Myrin & Matt Redman
Best Gospel Album:Gravity, Lecrae
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Eye on It, TobyMac
Best Latin Pop Album:MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition, Juanes
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album:Imaginaries, Quetzal
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano):Pecados Y Milagros, Lila Downs
Best Tropical Latin Album:Retro, Marlow Rosado Y La Riqueña
Best Americana Album:Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt
Best Bluegrass Album:Nobody Knows You, Steep Canyon Rangers
Best Blues Album:Locked Down, Dr. John
Best Folk Album: “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile
Best Regional Roots Music Album:The Band Courtbouillon, Wayne Toups, Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy
Best Reggae Album:Rebirth, Jimmy Cliff
Best World Music Album: The Living Room Sessions Part 1, Ravi Shankar
Best Children’s Album:Can You Canoe?, The Okee Dokee Brothers
Best Spoken Word Album: Society’s Child: My Autobiography, Janis Ian
Best Comedy Album:Blow Your Pants Off, Jimmy Fallon
Best Musical Theater Album:Once: A New Musical, Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media:Midnight in Paris
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Best Song Written For Visual Media: “Safe & Sound” (from The Hunger Games), T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars
Best Instrumental Composition: “Mozart Goes Dancing,” Chick Corea
Best Instrumental Arrangement: “How About You,” Gil Evans
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): “City Of Roses,” Thara Memory & Esperanza Spalding
Best Recording Package:Biophilia, Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package:Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection, Fritz Klaetke
Best Album Notes:Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles, Billy Vera, album notes writer (Ray Charles)
Best Historical Album:The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set), Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson and Dennis Wolfe
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: The Goat Rodeo Sessions, Richard King
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical: Dan Auerbach
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: “Promises (Skrillex & Nero remix),” Skrillex
Best Surround Sound Album:Modern Cool, Jim Anderson
Best Engineered Album, Classical:Life & Breath, Tom Caulfield & John Newton
Producer of the Year, Classical: Blanton Alspaugh
Best Orchestral Performance: Adams: “Harmonielehre & Short Ride In A Fast Machine,” Michael Tilson Thomas
Best Opera Recording: “Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen,” James Levine & Fabio Luisi
Best Choral Performance: “Life & Breath – Choral Works By René Clausen,” Charles Bruffy
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: “Meanwhile,” Eighth Blackbird
Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Kurtág & Ligeti: Music For Viola,” Kim Kashkashian
Best Classical Vocal Solo: “Poèmes,” Renée Fleming
Best Classical Compendium: “Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita; The Awakening Of Jacob; Anaklasis,” Antoni Wit
Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Hartke, Stephen: Meanwhile – Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays,” Stephen Hartke
Best Short Form Music Video: “We Found Love,” Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris
Best Long Form Music Video: “Big Easy Express,” Mumford & Sons
Tonight’s SAG Awards were fairly painless to watch…with one exception. I’ll get to that in a second, but here is the complete list of winners, so we can get that outta the way. THEN we’ll really talk.
Argo – Best Picture
9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners:
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Silver Linings Playbook Lincoln Les Miserables
*Argo The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The DDL wins for his role in Lincoln
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook *Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables Denzel Washington, Flight John Hawkes, The Sessions
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone *Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook Helen Mirren, Hitchcock Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Alan Arkin, Argo Javier Bardem, Skyfall Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master *Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
This sounds harsh, but I hate AnnE Hathaway.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Sally Field, Lincoln *Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables Helen Hunt, The Sessions Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries *Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys Woody Harrelson, Game Change Ed Harris, Game Change Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn *Julianne Moore, Game Change Charlotte Rampling, Restless Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias
This sounds harsh, but I love BCranz.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire *Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom Jon Hamm, Mad Men Damian Lewis, Homeland
Claire Danes in her Spanx (Hey! She said it!)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series *Claire Danes, Homeland Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Someone PLEASE explain Alec Baldwin’s hair to me.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series *Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock Ty Burrell, Modern Family Louis C.K., Louie Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series *Tina Fey, 30 Rock Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation Sofia Vergara, Modern Family Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Boardwalk Empire Breaking Bad
*Downton Abbey Homeland Mad Men
The Cast of the Love Boat(Charo, in the lovely white dress) wins…oh. What?
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series 30 Rock
Glee The Big Bang Theory *Modern Family The Office Nurse Jackie
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture The Amazing Spider-Man
The Bourne Legacy The Dark Knight Rises Les Miserables *Skyfall
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad *Game of Thrones Sons of Anarchy The Walking Dead
LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Dick Van Dyke
“They spelled my nieghhhhmmm wrong!!”
Okay. I need to vent. AnnE (“I can’t believe they spelled my name wrong!” – at The Golden Globes) Hathaway is insufferable. Disingenuous. I mentioned on Twitter that I do believe she has surpassed Paltrow as my most-loathed actress. Oh, yes. I said it. Paltrow is at least honest about her snobbery (“thank God the fishmonger DELIVERS!”), unlike AnnE (which is how I’m spelling her name forevermore), who feigns modesty and humility all the while campaigning desperately for accolades; specifically an Oscar. And that little opening line about “being happy to have dental (benefits)” was lame and so obviously rehearsed while gazing into her evil looking glass prior to tonight’s telecast.
Ah, now AnnE poses in the Michelle Williams-ish non-pose on the red carpet.
Because she a seeedious-acktor.
She’s a petty horseface and I don’t care for her. When you get a moment, please read this juicy pieceabout just how much of a petty bitch AnnE is–regarding a Ms. Katie Holmes.
So, yeah. Congrats to the SAG Awards winners. Especially Bryan (Hot Piece of Ass) Cranston.